Jewish refugees from the Middle East as a group that has been largely overlooked by the international community. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees were forced from their homes at the turn of the 20th century as a result of the Middle East conflict.
Earlier this year, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill marking Nov. 30th as a day of commemoration for the expulsion of Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim lands. This date is essential for the purpose of remember the vast, centuries-old Jewish legacy in the Arab and Muslim world, which was largely erased in the 20th century.
B'nai B'rith and its partners have also supported legislation in the U.S. Congress that promotes the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran.
In the United Nations, we've seen more than 100 resolutions dedicated to the situation of Palestinian refugees, but not one, single resolution has ever been passed on the issue of Jewish refugees who emerged from the same conflict.
It's high time for some historical balance, and justice for Jewish refugees who had their homes and heritage mercilessly taken from them. Without setting the record straight, justice can never be achieved.
Eric Fusfield, Esq. has been the B’nai B’rith International director of legislative affairs since 2003 and the deputy director of the B’nai B’rith International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy since 2007. He has worked in Jewish advocacy since 1998. To view some of his additional content, Click Here.
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